A more efficient F-150 is just months away. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 11, 2016 2017 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost and 10-speed AT Anyone remember how F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost performed during the Ford F-150 EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge back in mid 2011? Cutting to the chase, it achieved the following: 32.281 mpg to cross the Continent while loaded with 20 lbs over its GVWR! For 2017, Ford has improved upon their 3.5L with a number of technological advances meant to lower emissions, improve peak power output and all the while improving efficiency even further. Here is that story. Ford is now set to offer more torque and faster acceleration to its 2017 F-150 with an all-new 3.5L EcoBoost mated to for the first time, a 10-speed automatic transmission (AT). The new second-gen 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 30 lb.-ft. more peak torque at 450 lb.-ft. The all-new Ford-built 10-speed AT will deliver improved acceleration compared with the very smooth and wide ratio spread 6-speed AT. The New 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost With almost 1 million F-150 EcoBoost engines sold to date, the 2.7L I4 and first-generation 3.5L V6 make up approximately 60 percent of all F-150 sales. The engine features an all-new, dual-direct and port fuel-injection system. Two injectors per cylinder – one mounted in the intake port where air enters the cylinder and one positioned inside the cylinder – work together to improve power output, efficiency, and lower emissions. Gasoline’s detergent cleansing attributes can now be fully exploited with that port fuel injector. #Shell #VPowerNiTRO anyone? The all-new twin turbochargers deliver more boost thanks to a lighter turbine wheel. The new turbos work seamlessly with Ford-first electrically activated wastegates, enhancing operating efficiency. Light-weighting the turbine wheel – by making it out of high-temperature super alloy Mar-M-247 developed by the aerospace industry improves spool up and engine power output in shorter time. Ford also described its continuous light-weighting focus which can be found in the hollow camshafts of the all-new roller-finger follower valvetrain saving up to 4 pounds of weight. The valvetrain also incorporates more durable intake and exhaust valves, and hydraulic valve-lash adjusters that optimize engine durability over the life of the engine/truck. The new 3.5L EcoBoost engine provides Auto Start-Stop as a standard feature. It is active during all driving operations except when towing or in 4WD. Super 10-speed AT The all-new 10-speed AT delivers improved acceleration and performance thanks to wider ratio spacing and drag-reduction design. Three overdrive gears and a wider ratio span enable lower-numerical rear-axle ratios to help improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds, while maintaining its towing spec. The 10-speed AT uses advanced alloys to save weight and it is the first Ford gearbox that does not use cast-iron components. An integrated torque converter/turbine clutch also helps shave more than 2 pounds of weight, while also reducing the overall size. All-new adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain- and driver-control signals to ensure the right gear is always engaged at the right time. An integrated electric pump works with the standard Auto Start-Stop system for seamless restarts and improved driving efficiency. Ford invested $145 million into its Cleveland Engine Plant to support production of the all-new second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine. An additional $1.4 billion is being invested at Ford’s Livonia Transmission Plant to build the 10-speed AT. The 2017 Ford F-150 with the available 2nd gen 3.5L EcoBoost and 10-speed AT goes on sale this fall.